Job title: Graphic Designer
CoinCorner is a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Isle of Man. Founded in 2014, CoinCorner currently operates in 47 countries worldwide and was one of the first exchanges to fall under any form of cryptocurrency legislation.
I studied Product Design at the University of Central Lancashire and graduated in 2014. I’m now 26 and have recently joined CoinCorner as a Graphic Designer.
After graduating, I secured a work placement with local company, Fromanteel. This was set up by Dr John Taylor (formerly of Strix) and was a fantastic opportunity.
Life on the Isle of Man
What brought/attracted you back to the Island after University?
I always planned to move back home after my studies. I grew up here and wanted to start my career on the Island.
What are the career opportunities in graphic design?
Graphic design has quite a wide range of career opportunities. For example, I started my professional career as an Industrial Designer and Technical Author, working for a local company that designed and manufactured bathroom disability aids. During this time I came to realise that I enjoyed graphic design more than the industry and began looking for a new role.
On the Island, jobs in graphic design can be few and far between, but I was fortunate to be offered a new role at CoinCorner in 2018. I’m thoroughly enjoying this job as each day brings fresh challenges and allows me to utilise different parts of my skillset.
What is your favourite thing about living on the Island?
Safety! After living in the UK for 3 years while completing my degree, it’s nice not to worry about safety as much anymore. If you forget to lock the front door or leave your phone somewhere on the Island, there’s no reason to panic!
Working in Graphic Design
Why did you decide to pursue a career in graphic design?
At high school I struggled to find what I wanted to pursue as a career. That was until I won a competition for my design coursework. I had always enjoyed drawing, building and creating, and this experience helped me decide to study graphic design.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Every day is different and this makes my role very varied. One day I might design a banner advert and the next day I’m tasked with designing a themed graphic for an upcoming holiday such as Tynwald Day. I like that my work isn’t predictable!
Career progression to date
- Fromanteel - Sept 2014 - 2015
- DLP Limited - Sept 2015 - June 2018
- CoinCorner - Current Position
Do you have any role models that have helped inspire you?
Sir Jonathan Ives has been a big inspiration. He has taken items like the phone and the computer, and used revolutionary manufacture methods and materials to achieve quality finishes. From his methods, these items have been turned into fashion statements.
What are your aspirations?
My aspiration is to carve out a long career in the design industry!
What advice would you offer to students looking to return to the Island, or who are considering remaining on the Island instead of going abroad to study?
If you’re looking to start a career in graphic design and want to come back to the Island, don’t worry if there aren’t any jobs in your exact field. Look for a similar role and try it out. This will give you the chance to use some of the skills you’ve developed at University, learn about graphic design in a specific industry, and how that company works. It will be valuable experience.
Depending on your hobbies, there are many different sports teams on the Island which you can get involved in outside work. I play hockey and golf, and both clubs were very welcoming when I first joined after graduating.